Audition Requirements

We strongly encourage all applicants to schedule a live audition for one of our regularly scheduled on-campus audition dates (listed HERE). You should first apply to Baylor University before scheduling an audition date via the Request for Audition form, available online HERE.

For those who are unable to attend an on-campus audition for reasons of distance or cost of travel, submitting a recorded audition is acceptable. Recorded auditions must be unedited video and submitted through our online media submission partner, Acceptd. Undergraduate applicants should additionally submit a repertoire list of works studied over the last several years via Acceptd or by direct email to keyboard@baylor.edu at least one week prior to the scheduled audition date. Graduate applicants will supply repertoire information as a part of the assistantship application process.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

B.M. in Organ Performance
Three contrasting solos are required:
1. one work by J.S. Bach, such as a trio-sonata or a prelude and fugue
2. one work from the Romantic era, or one movement of a multi-movement work
3. one work from the 20th or 21st Century

B.M.E. in Organ
Students should be prepared to perform the following:
1. one work by J. S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue
2. one chorale-prelude by J.S. Bach, or a comparable work from the same period
3. one work from either the 19th or 20 Century

B.M. in Church Music
Students should be prepared to perform the following:
1. one work by J. S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue
2. one hymn with introduction, and varied treatment of all verses; or one work of service music, such as an anthem, mass setting, set of canticles, etc.
3. one work from either the 19th or 20th Century

B.A. in Music
Organ students must prepare at least three contrasting pieces similar to those suggested for organ majors in the previous section.

(Although not needed for the audition, all undergraduate organ applicants should have studied major/minor scales and arpeggios. Keyboard students who have not previously studied organ and who wish to begin organ lessons at Baylor should plan to audition in piano as an indication of the necessary background for organ study. See the requirements for piano students.)

Scholarships

All undergraduate students who apply and audition are automatically considered for an organ scholarship. Organ scholarships are based upon outstanding accomplishment in performance, potential for artistic development, and commitment to a career in music. Qualifications are determined by either a campus audition (recommended) or recorded audition, and awards are announced by letter in late March or early April.



GRADUATE ADMISSION
To obtain information and application forms for admission to graduate study in organ, contact the following university offices:

OFFICE OF THE DEAN
Graduate School
One Bear Place, #97264
Waco, TX 76798-7264

and

DIRECTOR, Graduate Studies in Music
One Bear Place, #97408
Waco, TX 76798-7408


Graduate Audition Requirements

M.M. in Organ Performance

An audition program, at least 30 minutes in duration, of solo repertoire from three style periods is required for admission in Performance. The program must include one large work of J.S. Bach such as a trio-sonata, a large-scale diptych, or another comparable work. Auditions in person are recommended but not required.

M.M. in Church Music, Organ Emphasis

An audition program, of at least 20 minutes in duration, of solo repertoire from three style periods is required for admission in church music. The program must include one work of J.S. Bach, such as a trio-sonata, large-scale chorale-prelude (from the Leipzig collection or Clavierubung III), or a diptych. Auditions in person are recommended but not required.

Advanced Performers Certificate

Admission to the Advanced Performers Certificate program requires a live audition consisting of 45 minutes of solo repertoire representing the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and including at least two major works from the literature. The option of a video-recorded performance may be approved when distance to the audition would be a hardship. When the audition is by recording, the student must present a live audition before a designated faculty committee during the first semester of residence in order to be fully accepted into the program.

D.M.A. in Church Music with Organ Concentration

Applicants for the D.M.A. in Church Music must be prepared to play a thirty-minute audition, including at least the following components:
1. one major work by J. S. Bach, such as a prelude and fugue
2. one work from a representative Romantic composer
3. one work from the 20th or 21st century

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

Graduate assistantships in organ are available for those entering the M.M. Organ Performance degree. Applicants should submit a graduate assistantship application, available via the following link: Graduate Assistantships. Organ scholarships are also available to graduate students and are based upon outstanding accomplishment in performance, potential for artistic development, and commitment to a career in music. Qualifications are determined by either a campus audition (recommended) or recorded audition, and awards are announced by letter in late March or early April.